Your physical prowess depends on a balance core muscle structure. The human core consists of your pelvis, abdomen, lower back and hips. By strengthening these muscles your body achieves both balance and strength.
Power does not come from the shoulders, biceps or leg muscles. It comes from the core which transfers the energy to these muscles for execution of various physical feats. Plank helps you exercise and develop this core power.
Builds a strong lower back
Your lower back is always under tremendous stress from physical exercises and activities. The plank is an excellent way to strengthen your lower back and hips. If you are into heavy lifting a strong back will definitely help you add those extra weights while training.
The plank exercise streamlines your posture by granting you strong core muscles in addition to increasing the strength of your posterior muscles- shoulders, shoulder blades and collarbone.
Shoulders and legs muscles
Transferring the entire weight of your body on your posterior and leg muscles, along with the core, will pushed them to their limits. Also, engaging these muscles in a side plank (resting on one elbow and forearm with the other hand raised towards the ceiling) will further improve their capacities. Thus, training both strength and balance.
This exercise stimulates those muscles that are tensed and often neglected. The contraction and release that they experience during plank help the muscles to release the built up tension. This also has a positive effect on your mood.
For a sculpted belly and detailed muscle linings your centre needs a sturdy toned base which can only be achieved by the plank. It not only tones your abs but also the muscles around it, creating an extra ripped centre.
If true fitness is your mantra, never miss the plank. Core strengthening is the base for developing overall physical fortitude.
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